LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated every June to honor the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a tipping point for the gay rights movement. At Room & Board, we recognize and support our LGBTQ peers and customers and acknowledge the influence that LGBTQ people have had around the world.
Equality and inclusion
Equality is something we’ve believed in from the start. We provided domestic partner benefits for staff members more than 20 years ago, when HIV and AIDS were misunderstood. It was the right thing to do. As a company, we had the privilege of the friendships and perspectives of gay staff members to help inform our policies. Like many instances in our history, our policies followed our people.
We publicly opposed the Minnesota marriage amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2012. We also supported the repeal of the HB2 “Bathroom” law in North Carolina in 2017. Through our Community Partnership program, we volunteer with and give financial support to social service agencies committed to the care of those affected by AIDS and HIV.
As progress has been made in the understanding, treatment, and management of AIDS and HIV, the scope of our support has organically broadened to include organizations who serve the LGBTQ+ community in all of our store markets, including Joining Hearts, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and Fenway Health, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Howard Brown Health Center, Colorado Health Network, Urban Peak, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Radiant Health Centers, OutFront Minnesota, RECLAIM, Ali Forney Center, Q Center, The Center, Our Family Coalition, Lambert House, YouthCare and Point Foundation.
Pride in our stores
Photos by Room & Board and our customer photo gallery